Bennets Bar of Edinburgh is one of the most legendary drinking dens in the city. It’s been this way since 1839 (yes, really), when it was set up as the sister to the neighbouring Kings Theatre. The bar is stocked full of cask ales and a very impressive selection malt whiskies. From the bar food menu you can expect wonderfully fresh pub fare that ranges from proper Scottish fish and chips to the iconic Bennets burger and some moreish crispy crumbled haggis balls. Then, of course, specials are available according to what local food is fresh and in season. You’ll find Bennets Bar of Edinburgh on Leven Street in Tollcross, right by The Meadows and, as we said, Kings Theatre. It makes for one of the best pre- or post-theatre bars in Edinburgh and remains as Victorian as it was in 1839. We and indeed the rest of Edinburgh really can’t get enough of Bennets Bar, meaning advanced reservations are essential, particularly at weekends.
Bennets Bar of Edinburgh is a completely charming place to sit and enjoy true Victorian beauty. It’s one of the finest Victorian pubs remaining in Scotland that retains its original bar and stained glass decor even now, making it something to savour even before you get to the food and drink. But, speaking of, the food and drink may just impress you even more as knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you pair your cask ale with the right Scottish and British dishes. What could be better than that?
The Bennets bar menu is only small but it’s absolutely brimming with quality and booming flavour. The soup of the day is always the heartiest way to get started, then the steak, stout and chickpea pie is great to follow on. Aberdeen Angus steak is slowly braised with carrot, onion and chickpeas in Guinness Stout, then topped with a puff pastry lid – outstanding! Also good is the mac ‘n’ cheese, featuring an Applewood smoked and mature white cheddar sauce with a herb and parmesan crust, then the Bennets Burger means an Aberdeen Angus and rosemary burger in a brioche bun with cheddar cheese and a cola beetroot relish. If all this sounds like your cup of tea – once you’ve enjoyed a whiskey or two afterwards, of course – head to Leven Street armed with an advanced reservation. You’ll need it.